Limerick brothers take on ironman challenge for respite care centre

first_imgLinkedin Previous articleMost Limerick Gardaí in favour of industrial actionNext articleFox Jaw: “I can only imagine how awful it all sounded” Staff Reporter TAGSBarcelona Ironman Challengelimerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Brothers in arms, Michael, Declan and Kieran will take on the Barcelona Ironman ChallengeDID you hear the one about the shopkeeper, the fireman and the accountant who went to Barcelona?Well it’s a story about three brothers who are about to take on one of the toughest endurance tests to raise funds for adult respite care and the work of the Daughters of Charity in Limerick.The Tracey brothers, Michael (the shopkeeper), Declan (the fireman) and Kieran (the accountant), who all hail from Nicholas Street, will undertake the Barcelona Ironman challenge on Sunday, October 2.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And to counter the effects of cutbacks for adult respite care, the brothers will swim for 3.8km, cycle for 180km and then to finish, they’ll just run a marathon.Their sister Miriam described them as “daft” for undertaking the challenge, but it is family bonds that brings them to Spain as they are there to support their nephew and the Daughters of Charity organisation as a whole. The charity provides respite for intellectually disabled adults at their residential bungalow.Adult respite care has been cut to just two nights a month and with a bungalow unit that can only accommodate six residents at a time, the service is in desperate need of funds.Martin O’Brien who, along with Miriam Tracey, is one of the founders of the Adult Respite Representative Group, is highlighting the need for an increase in financial support for adult respite care.“There are nearly 100 registered users of the service which can hardly cope with less than half of that number. We need to restore the levels of respite care to pre- 2008 levels,” he says.“Two more bungalows at the Daughter’s of Charity centre are needed but one unit costs €500,000 to build and a further €500,000 to staff it for 12 months so it’s a massive financial challenge.All money raised by the Tracey brothers’ Ironman challenge will go directly to the charity.As for the men themselves, Declan, who is an experienced triathlete, told the Limerick Post that sibling rivalry might be laid to rest for their trip to Barcelona as the pain of the tasks at hand will be enough for his brothers to cope with. This will be Michael and Kieran’s first ironman challenge and they are hoping that their gruelling six-day a week training sessions will get them over the finish line.Sponsorship cards are available from the Daughters of Charity and the brothers’ progress can be followed on facebook by searching for BarcelonaIronmanFundraiser. Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLimerick brothers take on ironman challenge for respite care centreBy Staff Reporter – September 14, 2016 938 Twitterlast_img read more

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10th death reported in ICE custody this year

first_imgHumanitarians and doctors are requesting better healthcare options for those in ICE custody after a 10th person has died in the matter of 6 months.Officials are reporting that the latest death occurred at a holding facility in Texas.42-year-old Ramiro Hernandez Ibarra was awaiting deportation to Mexico when he became ill and died of complications due to septic shock after being transported to the hospital.The agency did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his death, however, with the death toll surpassing the 8 reported deaths in 2019, humanitarians are calling for the release of nearly 23,000 who do not have criminal records or convictions.Carlos- Franco-Paredes who is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Infectious diseases division echoed this sentiment in an open letter about the ICE holding facilities and the coronavirus.Franco-Paredes wrote that if the coronavirus were to get into the facilities it could be lethal to both employees and detainees due to the lack of healthcare and their high density populations.“For an immigration detention center that holds 1500 detainees, we can estimate that 500-650 may acquire the infection,” Franco-Paredes ” of these, 100 to 150 individuals may develop severe disease potentially requiring admission to an intensive care until. Of these, 10-15 individuals may die from respiratory failure,” he continued.last_img read more

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Real Madrid lose in troubled Catalonia

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp – Girona dreaming –Girona continued to dominate the game and hit the woodwork again before half-time when Portu’s flicked header looped over Kiko Casilla and back off the inside of the post.Real suffered an injury blow days before they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday as Raphael Varane was replaced by Nacho at half-time due to a muscular problem.And the French international’s presence at the heart of the Madrid defence was badly missed as Stuani jinked past Nacho to fire Girona deservedly level nine minutes into the second-half.Just four minutes later, Girona were in dreamland as Maffeo’s driven cross was flicked home by Portu and the goal was allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be in an offside position.“We aren’t popping the cava. We’re mature and we knew we had a chance to beat a great side,” added Machin.“Before kick-off it seemed improbable, but we grew throughout the game, the players believed and we did it. We want to continue to be in this league for many more years to come.”Rather than mount a late comeback as they did so often on route to a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years last season, Madrid looked short of energy and ideas in the final half hour as Girona held out for a famous victory.“We can’t make excuses,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro told BeIN Sports Spain.“We have to keep our heads because it is a difficult moment.“We still have a chance but we need to play better and work harder. Madrid are always obliged to win.” Girona, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday.Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco’s opener for Madrid as Real fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after just 10 games.Madrid were making their first appearance in the deeply divided region since a violence marred October 1 referendum plunged Spain into political crisis.As a reported one million people joined a rally in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity on Sunday, just over 100 kilometres away in the pro-independence heartland of Girona, the visitors were expected to receive a hostile reception.“Girona FC’s victory against one of the greatest teams in the world is an example and a benchmark for many situations,” Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who was deposed by the Spanish government as president of the regional parliament on Friday, posted on Twitter.However, it was events on the field that proved far more troublesome for Zinedine Zidane’s men as they lost more ground on rivals Barca in the Liga title race.“We know we can turn this around. We will have better days and our rivals will lose points over the course of the season,” insisted Zidane.“There is nothing more we can do, and we know that sooner or later things will turn. There is a long way to go and I am not worried.”Chants in favour of independence and “freedom” reverberated around the 13,500 capacity Montlivi in the 17th minute as is common at Girona and Barcelona home matches to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.However, with plenty of Madrid fans present, there were also plenty of Spanish flags on show.“Everyone who knows Girona, knew nothing would happen,” said Girona coach Pablo Machin.“The fans were sensible. They want it (the political situation) to be over. They enjoyed two brilliant hours of football.”In their first ever match against the European champions, Girona looked keen to make a mark from the outset and were desperately unlucky not to go in front when Pablo Maffeo’s cross came back off the inside of the post 12 minutes in.Seconds later, though, the ball was in the Girona net as Madrid broke immediately upfield and Isco tapped home the rebound after Bono parried Cristiano Ronaldo’s initial effort.last_img read more

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Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

first_imgAlthough some states are still under a lockdown, President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend.“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said.President Trump warned governors that they “need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend.” And he warned that if governors don’t abide by his request, he will “override” them.For months the reopening of religious services have been a controversy, and now that many states are starting to reopen, Trump and the White House administration believe it is safe to reopen churches in accordance with the CDC guidelines.Following Trump’s announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for communities of faith that include taking steps to limit the size of gatherings and considering holding services outdoors or in large, well-ventilated areas.last_img read more

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Rodríguez in rare company, Giants fall to Rockies

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–Another impressive effort from Dereck Rodríguez. Another San Francisco Giants loss.As Matt Cain enjoys retirement, Rodríguez has taken over the role of the hard-luck starting pitcher who’s adored by fans but ignored but his offense.Though no Giants starter has received much support from a lineup that ranks among the worst in baseball, Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Rockies in a Rodríguez start was the …last_img read more

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Easter bunny helps riverine cousin

first_imgThis riverine kit may live to breed a new generation of the species, thanks to the efforts of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.(Image: Eric Herrmann, N Cape Dept of            Environment and Nature             Conservation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Christy Bragg  EWT riverine rabbit programme manager  +27 82 332 5447 • Nomonde Mxhalisa  EWT communications manager  +27 11 372 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • EWT making tracks in conservation • Addo’s elephant fence comes down • Raggies to help shark conservation • Big five cat moves into new reserve • Lions return to Great KarooEmily van RijswijckChocolate rabbits and Easter are synonymous, with the roots of the tradition going far back to the pagan festival of Eastre and its fertility symbol of the rabbit.This year, as was the case in 2011, the tradition gets an added twist with the famous golden Easter bunny of Lindt & Sprüngli, Swiss master chocolatiers, joining in the fight to save one of South Africa’s most endangered mammals, the riverine rabbit.Lindt will donate a percentage of all sales from their legendary Lindt gold Easter bunnies to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) riverine rabbit programme.It is the second year that the company joins forces with EWT, a non-profit nature conservation organisation focussing most of its efforts on field research.While the golden chocolate rabbit is hard to miss in the shops – and even harder to resist – the riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) is far less legendary. In fact, it is a rather elusive character, hiding out in thick, thorny shrubs and doing most of its foraging during night time or early dawn.The 13th most endangered mammal in the world, the riverine rabbit is South Africa’s second most threatened species after the De Winton’s golden mole. It faces an uncertain future.It is estimated that only a few hundred of these rare animals remain in the wild today. The riverine is now listed as critically endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.Saving the KarooThe rabbit’s endangered status is only a small part of the reason why the EWT embarked on its riverine rabbit programme almost a decade ago.Most of the field work takes place in the Klein and Great Karoo region, the rabbit’s natural habitat. One of the programme’s aims is to conserve the biodiversity of this region, as the loss of habitat and land use changes are the most important threats to these animals.“By saving the rabbit we are also in effect saving the Karoo,” says EWT project manager Christy Bragg.The rabbit programme is the flagship project in this ecosystem, and the animals’ status is used as a key indicator of what’s going on with the region’s river ecosystems.Its extinction in many areas where it formerly occurred indicates the degraded status of riverbanks along the perennial Karoo rivers, according to Bragg.“The riverine rabbit is an important indicator species for ecosystems. Through the programme we are saving a whole suite of other animals, plants and insects,” she says.Bragg says the money received from Lindt will be used in three areas:Firstly, the actual number of rabbits and the number of breeding pairs is still open to speculation and needs further research. According to Bragg, an estimated 250 breeding pairs exist.A second aspect will focus on habitat rehabilitation, with the planting, not only of foliage for food, but also for shelter as these creatures are extremely shy. Local people are enlisted in habitat restoration projects.The last part of the programme is critical as most of the riverine rabbit populations live on private land.This third aspect focuses on getting private landowners to become partners in the programme. Farmers are encouraged to promote integrated land management practices that can sustain the riverine rabbit, its habitat and many other species while ensuring socio-economic benefits to landowners and communities.So far, about 350 000 hectares of riverine rabbit habitat is under informal stewardship agreements with farmers in the North and Western Cape areas. These agreements are set to be formalised in the near future.Lindt bunny and SanbonaLindt hopes to break the current record of R250 000 (US$32 600) from Easter sales in 2011, which was donated to the EWT programme.The little hollow chocolate figurine, with its trademark red ribbon and golden bell, has been around since 1952 and celebrates its 60th birthday this year. It is sold in various sizes and forms of packaging.Lindt, together with Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, is also offering a two-night getaway to the reserve, one of the rabbit’s habitats.Since 2006, when the first rabbit was sighted at the reserve, over 100 sightings of the little creature have been recorded. The reserve has instituted its own research initiative to study the rabbit.In 2003 Sanbona introduced lion and cheetah into the reserve for the first time, marking a significant milestone in the history of the Karoo.Sanbona lies in the Klein Karoo near Montagu, a mere three hours’ drive from Cape Town along the R62 and is located at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains.last_img read more

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South African TV shows get Emmy nominations

first_img7 October 2015As Trevor Noah gets comfortable in the chair at The Daily Show this month, there has been more international recognition for South African creative talent with news this week that two local television productions and a hard-hitting documentary have received nominations for the 2015 International Emmy Awards.The reality cooking show MasterChef South Africa, innovative political satire production Puppet Nation ZA and the documentary Miners Shot Down have all been nominated for awards.South Africa is one of only 19 countries earning international recognition in 10 production categories by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.The news of the nominations is a boost for the local film and television industry. The recognition helps to grow the professional reputation of the sector, which does much to create new job opportunities for South African talent, both in front of and behind the cameras.Outside the country, it also positions South Africa as a growing cultural brand in a global context, as per the Chapter 7 outcome of the National Development Plan.The hard-hitting and popular Angolan telenovela Jikulumessu is the other African contender.The winners will be announced on 23 November in New York City.M-Net’s MasterChef South Africa is nominated in the reality/non- scripted category. Produced by Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media, it is the second time the show has been nominated for an International Emmy; it was also nominated in 2013.Lucky Bean just got it’s second International Emmy Award Nomination for Master Chef South Africa! Halala!…— Lucky Bean (@LuckyBeanMedia) October 6, 2015Watch a clip:Puppet Nation ZA (previously known as ZA News) is the hugely popular political satire show that pokes fun at local and international pop culture and politicians using puppets. Produced by Both Worlds Productions and featuring some of South Africa’s best comedy writers, the show comes off a great run at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), in which it won seven trophies.Watch a clip:The controversial but highly lauded documentary Miners Shot Down about the 2012 Marikana shootings, is nominated for the Best Documentary Award. It was produced by filmmaker Rehad Desai and Uhuru Productions.Desai said he hoped the nomination would help the documentary reach a wider audience, particularly in South Africa. “This is an ongoing story which demands the attention of all South Africans and indeed the world to ensure justice is going to be done,” he told news broadcaster EWN. “It’s just a shame we can’t get it on SABC. Hopefully that will change with the Emmy nomination.”This year’s nominations follow a strong trend of South African talent making an impact in overseas awards, particularly the Emmys.In 2013, Loyisa Gala and Late Nite News were nominated for an International Emmy for comedy. That same year, South African composer Phillip Miller was nominated for best musical score at the Emmys for his soundtrack for the film The Girl.South African Doug Hardy and his visual effects team won a production Emmy for the series Black Sails in 2014. Earlier this year, Debora Patta was nominated for a news Emmy for her work as the Africa correspondent for the American TV network CBS on its show, CBS Evening News.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Geocaching Plans for July 13 and All of August? You Do Now…

first_imgEarn More Than 30 Souvenirs in August Start plotting your crafty strategy, rally your friends and prepare for a month of geocaching like no other. August is being celebrated by geocachers around the world as the “31 Days of Geocaching.” Find a geocache, log a “Found it” (or an “Attended” for an Event Cache) and earn a unique calendar-style Geocaching souvenir for each day in August. That’s 31 souvenirs up for grabs.Warming up for this month-long geocache fest will take more than planning. It’ll take practice. You can get ready for the 31 Days of Geocaching by earning the Geocaching Get Outdoors Day souvenir. You’ll only be able to earn it on this Saturday, July 13. The same rules apply. If you log a “Found it” or an “Attended” on July 13 you earn the souvenir seen in this newsletter for your Geocaching profile.The official Geocaching Get Outdoors Day souvenirTo prepare for this epic challenge, you should tap into some expert advice. Check out the Top 8 Tips for Maintaining Your Geocaching Streak post on The Geocaching Blog about planning for your geocaching streak. Spread the word about the 31 Days of Geocaching to your friends by attending the event on the Geocaching Facebook page. And keep watching the Geocaching Weekly Newsletter for more details about the August adventure, 31 Days of Geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 25, 2019In “News”31 Days of Geocaching Printable CalendarJuly 30, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Before “Jobs”: The Films That Captured The Apple Visionary

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Mix one part college dropout, two parts entrepreneurial spirit, three parts vision . . . and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind Steve Jobs. The movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple visionary, Jobs, hits theaters Aug. 16. Apple’s iconic founder was a highly influential and — for the relentless work ethic he expected of himself and his employees — controversial figure in the tech industry, which is why his story makes for such compelling film fodder. Before you see the biopic, look at the former, future, and current attempts at capturing the personal and professional life of Jobs on screen. Tags:#Apple#film#Jobs#PopSugar Tech#Steve Jobs iSteveIn iSteve, a parody starring Justin Long, watch 60 minutes of “the most poorly researched biopic of any person ever” (their words).Images and video courtesy of Getty, MacWorld/iWorldSee Also: Steve Jobs: The Least Disruptive Entrepreneur EverMore stories from PopSugar Tech:Hyperloop by the Numbers: Decoding Elon Musk’s Vision For the FutureTour the TARDIS! See the Blue Box From Both Sides of the PondWhether It’s Bass or Budget, the Best Headphones For Every ListenerStargazing: the Best Shots of the Perseid Meteor ShowHow to Avoid Spoilers During Heisenberg’s Return to TV 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad at MacworldWe did get to hear about the experience of making the film from Ashton himself at this year’s 2013 Macworld Expo. The actor discussed his geek cred and talked about playing one of his heroes. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Aaron Sorkin BiopicBack in 2011, we found out that Sony Pictures acquired the rights to Jobs’s authorized biography, written by Walter Isaacson. Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Social Network, was picked to spearhead the film, which will focus on the backstage drama of Apple’s famed product launches. Sorkin’s version will reportedly feature three 30-minute scenes presented in real time. JobsThe biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder and Josh Gad, who plays Steve Wozniak, was set to hit theaters April 19 but was delayed until this week’s wide release When this clip surfaced in January, after premiering at Sundance, our readers were split: 42 percent were excited to see Ashton in this role of a lifetime, and 58 percent thought the former That ’70s Show star is not the right actor to play Jobs. nicole nguyen Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview  In 1995, a former Apple employee-turned-tech journalist sat down with Steve to discuss his early career and vision for renewing the company. Seventeen years later, the entire in-depth interview has been released, featuring over an hour of the then-CEO of NeXT Computer and Pixar. Related Posts Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Pirates of Silicon ValleyThe made-for-TV film, starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates, is a look at the young founders and the fight to control the personal computer market. It’s one of our all-time geeky movie faves and a must watch for those interested in the development of tech’s biggest companies. last_img read more

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1918 World Series key in US love affair with national anthem

first_imgOn a recent day at Wrigley, fans stood as one for the anthem.“It still sends a chill down my back,” said 90-year-old Victor Holliday of Champaign, Illinois, his time as a Marine during World War II written right there on his red cap.The respect for the song was not lost on his son, who recalled the Vietnam war era when the anthem was not always warmly received.“It changed radically after 9/11,” said Shawn Holliday, 58. “And even today, with so many differences in the country, so much division, I think we again are falling back for comfort on these kinds of symbols.”And if anyone did not show the proper respect for the song, others in the stadium were ready.“Come on, they can cool it for a minute and a half and put down their phones,” said Wayne Messmer, who has sung the anthem nearly 5,000 times over more than three decades of performing, most notably before Cubs games at Wrigley. “I will stare people down if they are talking when I’m singing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mike Trout to miss MLB all-star game with injury LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “There was no cheering during the contest, nor was there anything like the usual umpire baiting,” reported one Boston newspaper.Then, in the seventh inning, a band from the Navy training station north of Chicago started to play “The Star-Spangled Banner.”The song had been played before at major league games, from at least 1862 and on opening day in 1897, in Philadelphia, Thorn said. But this time, reported The New York Times, something happened that was “far different from any incident that has ever occurred in the history of baseball.”Players took off their caps as they faced a flag that fluttered atop a pole in right field as the 12-piece band began to play.All of them except Red Sox infielder Fred Thomas .ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “Certainly the outpouring of sentiment, enthusiasm, and patriotism at the 1918 World Series went a long way to making the (song) the national anthem,” said John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian.On Sept. 5, 1918, newspapers were dominated by news of World War I, including the latest American dead. In Chicago, one of the headlines read, “Chicagoans on the List,” and it was a particularly harrowing moment in the city for another reason: Someone, possibly self-proclaimed anarchists and labor activists, had the day before tossed a bomb into a downtown federal building and post office, killing four people and injuring dozens more.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe World Series was in town, with the Cubs hosting Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago games were played at Comiskey Park, the home of the White Sox, instead of their new home at Wrigley Field, what was called Weeghman Park at the time, because it held more fans. But in a city jittery over the bombing and weary from the war, Game 1 that day attracted fewer than 20,000 fans, the smallest World Series crowd in years.When they got there, they didn’t make much noise, though that could have had something to do with the 1-0 masterpiece Ruth was pitching — yes, pitching — for the Red Sox. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Thomas was in the Navy during the series — he played on the team fielded by the Great Lakes station that was also home to the band — but was granted furlough so he could play. When the Wisconsin native heard the music, “he turned toward the flag, kept his hat on and gave a military salute,” said Jim Leeke, author of “From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War.”A few fans began to sing. Then others joined in “and when the final notes came, a great volume of melody rolled across the field,” the Times reported. And when it ended, “onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day’s enthusiasm.” The Red Sox went on to win the game and the series, part of a Cubs’ championship drought that ended up lasting 108 years but was a mere decade old in 1918.Not everyone thought what happened was a big deal. Chicago sportswriter Ring Lardner mentioned it, but only as a punch line as he reported that Thomas had stood at attention three times during the game, once during the anthem and twice when the umpire was calling him out on strikes.The leader of the Navy band at the time was conductor and composer John Philip Sousa. He was not at the game, but had recently arranged the standardized version of the song that is still played today The 1918 World Series would have been one of the first times the band could test drive the new version, according to Mike Bayes, senior chief musician for the Navy Band in Washington.“It was a very important thing for him to put the anthem on a national stage in its new form,” Bayes said.It wasn’t until 1931 that Congress and President Herbert Hoover officially designated the song as the national anthem. Still, it was clear the song was on its way after that day in Chicago.For one thing, it was played when the series got back to Boston. And as one story goes, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee was so impressed with the way the song quieted rowdy fans that the next season that he ordered the band to play it while the flag was presented on the field.“It was a turning point and from then on it was played at all opening days and World Series games,” Leeke said.The song was played just on holidays or special occasions for years, in part because ballparks didn’t have the kind of sound systems they do today and owners were loath to pay for a band more than they had to. It wasn’t until the 1940s during World War II that major league teams started playing it every day. Ironically, Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley decided the song would be played only on major holidays and for special events.“Wrigley thought it cheapened the anthem to play it every day,” said Marc Ferris, author of “Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem.” In 1967, the Cubs put the song on the daily playlist, a patriotic gesture during yet another war, this one in Vietnam. In this April 10, 2017, photo, fans and players stand as they watch fireworks during the national anthem in the opening ceremonies during home opening ceremonies before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The anthem has been a standard part of U.S. sports games since World War II. Experts say Game 1 of the 1918 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs helped pave the way. The song became the official national anthem in 1931. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — On Tuesday afternoon, the crowd at Wrigley Field will be asked to stand and “gentlemen” reminded to remove their caps for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans who can recite the words as easily as the alphabet will sing or listen to the story of a flag that continued to wave throughout one of the most famous battles in American history.What they may not know is that Francis Scott Key, apparently better at lyrics than melody, put his description of the battle of Fort McHenry to an old English tune that had a lot less to do with patriotism than it did with booze and women. Or that this year marks the 100th season since the song was played for the first time at a World Series game — an event that helped cement it in the national consciousness and become the national anthem that is now simply assumed to be part of game day in American sports, from Little League to the Super Bowl to medal ceremonies at the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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